July 12.-We left Berlin at 11:50 this morning and are stopping here to rest and not to see the city. Came to Hotel Terminus this afternoon at 3:47. L. is unusually tired and is taking a rest. A pain in his side brings his sickness in Naples vividly to mind. I hope a mustard leaf will bring relief. The weather is damp and we miss home comforts. I shall rejoice with great joy if we reach our home safely.
We have had another uninteresting journey today, except that I enjoyed looking at the different crops and some wild poppies and other wild flowers. The train went swiftly. We could see but little. The German villages consist largely of low red dwellings with roofs of red tile and long low barns, all built near together. L. says “the country in north-ern Germany is flat as a pancake.” Water was standing on the low ground. We saw the Indian exhibition, gay with flags and colors, from the cars before leaving Berlin, which is built on a flat sandy plain on the river Spree which we crossed.
Here in this German city George I and II of England lived. When we think that the house of Hanover originated here and that it is the cradle of the present reigning sovereigns of Europe, it gives additional interest to the place. On the Ernst August Platz we saw an equestrian statue in bronze of Ernest Augustus,. King of Hanover.
July 13.-We have just returned from one of the most delightful rides we have taken since we have been in Europe. It may perhaps be called the most beautiful, surpassing even the one in Dresden, which has such charming environs. We were considerably disappointed in Unter den Linden in Berlin. Here in Hanover on Herrenhausen Avenue we find a splendid avenue of limes far more beautiful than the one there. This avenue, a mile and a quarter long and a hundred and twenty feet wide, leads to Schloss Herrenhausen where we have been this morning. On the way there, not far from the town, is the Palace of the Guelphs, with five towers, which is now used as a polytechnic school. In the square in front we saw the colossal figure of the Saxon horse standing with his forefeet very high in the air. Close by is the house where it is said Queen Louise of Prussia was born. On the other side of the avenue is the Georgen Park. This extends to Herrenhausen and contains a royal palace. This royal castle at Herrenhausen at the further end of this magnificent avenue of linden (lime) trees was the favorite residence of George I. The garden, containing a hundred and twenty acres, is beautifully laid out and contains statues of Hanoverian princes, fountains and many beautiful flowers and shrubs. From this castle at Herrenhausen and from this lovely garden George I went to be King of England as well as of Hanover. We passed a cemetery containing old tombs on our way, which seemed to be in dense woods. Before riding I used my little spirit lamp for heating water and cooking eggs for our lunch today. As we are anxious to reach Amsterdam tonight we must take a longer journey than usual. Today we say goodbye to Germany.